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The Bushmills x Grado Labs Headphones. Cans Made From Whiskey Barrels.

I like whiskey, music, and design. When you combine all three, it’s love. Grado is producing a line of headphones made from Bushmills whiskey barrels. The limited edition headphones are hand crafted, feature vented backs, leather headbands and ear cups.

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Designed by Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie, these aren’t light on tech specs. They feature dynamic operating transducers with a frequency response of 16hz to 26kHz spl at 1mW – 98dB nominal impedance – 32 ohms driver match – .05dB.

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I’m Lusting ILLOT this Friday Afternoon.

I have a thing for retro styled digital cameras. Its one of the things that attracted me to the Olympus EP and OMD series cameras. I don’t have a thing for film anymore. I have moved fully into the digital camp and this is where I’ll stay. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a soft spot for retro film cameras though. Especially cameras like the ones that are being done up by ILOTT Vintage.

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ILOTT collects and restore select vintage rangefinder cameras taking great care, time and pride in refurbishing each camera that they acquire.The cameras are put through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that they are field ready before being sold.

Taking the cameras to a new level, ILOTT replaces leather body coverings with premium quality wood veneers tailored to each camera for a unique vintage appearance. Since no two cameras ILOTT creates are exactly the same, they continue to restore cameras rather than rely on the collection they already have on hand.The cameras are wrapped in Mansonia, or Mahogany which is applied by hand after the camera has been restored. I love the Argus C3, but I have to say the Mahogany Canonet QL 17 has me all lusty this afternoon.

“We love the mystery of not knowing where the cameras have been before, who has used them and what photos they might have taken.”

The Water Tower Chair.

New York City’s Design Week kicks off tomorrow, and one of the items that will be featured is “The Water Tower Chair” from Bellboy. The chair is constructed from old growth California Redwood that are reclaimed timbers of a New York City Water Tower.

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The chair will be auctioned off as part of The 12×12 Show which features 12 woodworkers that were each selected to create a piece from the historical timbers of one of twelve different New York City sites. The proceeds from the auction go to benefit woodworking education for the non-profit Brooklyn Woods.

The Water Tower Chair is absolutely beautiful. Fluid lines, combined with the deep rich tones of antique redwood. The chair feels so solid yet almost floats above the floor on thin dark legs that seem to visually recede beneath the chair seat.

Woven Walnut.

You get what you pay for right? That statement is so true when buying a piece of furniture. Quality craftsmanship, materials, and design, can’t be ignored. Taking short cuts, or going cheap will simply diminish the value of the item.

A company that always produces quality furniture is Soorikian. If you ever see their product in person, you will understand instantly what I am talking about. Exceptional materials, masterful workmanship, attention to detail. Everything about their product is top notch, and worth every penny you pay for it. They build well designed furniture that stands the test of time, in both design and build quality.

Soorikian sent me an email this morning featuring the Woven Front Console. A walnut cabinet that can be wall mounted or used floor standing. The woven console or dresser is a long thin unit measuring 78 inches, by 24 by 18. The front is an intricate weave of walnut that forms an airy screen across the unit, creating a textured balance against the solid walnut top and sides. All hardware has been removed to keep the lines clean and minimal. The hidden latches are touch activated with a simple push of the hand.

While I don’t mind the legs, if it were up to me I’d opt for the wall mounted unit. There is something about the idea of this floating above the floor that seems visually appealing to me.

Bartholomäus Traubeck, “Years” A Turntable That Plays Trees.

I dream of getting my hands on a working vintage Braun Stereo designed by Dieter Rams. There is something about the idea of playing vinyl records on an old analog turntable that warms my heart. Something about Rams design for Braun makes my heart skip a beat.

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck also has a thing for vintage analog stereo gear, but he has taken it a step further by creating a turntable that plays slices of a tree trunk to create sound. The turntable analyses the tree trunks year rings for their strength, thickness and rate of growth as the input source for a generative algorithm. That algorithm outputs piano music.

What a totally cool work of art.

Maison Martin Margiela‘s Line 11 Wooden Wallets.

I’m the kind of person that likes to have very little in my wallet, and I like to carry a very small compact wallet in my back pocket. I don’t like the idea of sitting on some thick lumpy chunk of leather, and the idea of having to take it out of my pocket every time I sit down seems rather stupid.

Now, with all that said, I have to say I am rather intrigued by Maison Martin Margiela‘s line 11 wallets. This line showcases an unconventional wooden wallet for the spring/summer 2011 mens collection.

The wallet is lined with supple calf-skin leather, and the exterior is made lacquered wood in a variety of stains. The wallet looks beautiful, and it looks like it would hold all my personal items, plus money and identification. As much as I like the idea of it and the way it looks, I doubt I would ever buy one. From the photos, the closed wallet looks like it is over half an inch thick. Sorry I don’t have enough padding on my rear end to offset the pain this thing would cause me.

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